Rachel Cawkwell is a PhD candidate in English Language and Literature with interests in nineteenth century British literature, life writing, and prisons. She served as a Mellon Public Humanities Fellow at the National Endowment for the Humanities and completed the Engaged Pedagogy Initiative in 2016. Outside of her academic engagements, she loves her service work with the Prison Creative Arts Project and 826michigan.
Jallicia is a third year PhD student in the American Culture Department. She studies how HIV/AIDS, psychosocial support, and institutional engagement shape the coping processes of HIV-positive Jamaican women. As Jallicia pursues her passions for classroom instruction, research, and community engagement, she remains committed to connecting theory and practice in engaging, culturally relevant, and context-specific ways. The partial result of her EPI Fellowship in W’ 2016, Jallicia's work in health humanities and her interests in public scholarship and engaged pedagogy guide her writing, teaching, and community-based learning (CBL) consultancy. Her work as a CBL consultant both champions the role of learners as agents in their educational development and embraces the significance of collaboration, humility, and mutual benefit in the CBL experience. She hopes to continue cultivating and participating in learning environments invested in creatively engaging with educators of diverse educational settings.
Peggy is a PhD candidate and Rackham Merit Fellow in the American Culture Department. She was part of the inaugural group of fellows for the Engaged Pedagogy Initiative in 2014-2015. Her commitment to critical approaches to community-based learning in the university setting is also shaped by her experiences working in anti-violence and environmental justice as an educator and organizer. In Winter 2016, she created and taught a community-based learning course called, 'Against Sexual Violence: Feminist Politics, Activism, and the Cultural Imaginary,' through the Residential College and Women's Studies Department.
Elina is a PhD candidate in the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology at UM. Her dissertation research is on burials from what is now northern Greece. She is interested in ancient expressions of identity but also their interpretation in the now, and is particularly fascinated by the question of whether or not the concept of intersectionality can be fruitfully used to study the past. She was an Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Fellow in 2015, and has volunteered with an after-school program for Avalon Housing, an Ann Arbor non-profit for empowering families that have experienced homelessness. Pedagogy lies close to her heart: in addition to GSIships, she has completed the Graduate Teacher Certificate at UM and intends to lead students on a study-abroad course to Greece in the summer of 2017.
Lizz Ultee is a PhD candidate in Climate & Space Sciences and was a 2015 Engaged Pedagogy Initiative fellow. Her doctoral work focuses on the physics of glaciers and their contribution to global sea level rise. She values diverse ways of knowing, especially in the context of complicated environmental issues, and strives to integrate multiple perspectives in her teaching and consulting. Prior to her work at U-M, Lizz earned her BSc in mathematical physics at Queen’s University and worked in youth leadership development at AIESEC UK. She looks forward to helping faculty activate and excite their students through community-based learning.
Sunhay You is a graduate student in the Women's Studies and English Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan. Her experience and training in community based learning began as an undergraduate student at Duke University where she participated in DukeEngage, Moxie Project, and Service Opportunities in Leadership. She has continued her commitment to community based learning as an instructor through the Engaged Pedagogy Initiative in 2016, and is currently a Community Based Learning Consultant for CEAL. She will be serving as a Junior Fellow through the Sweetland Center for Writing in 2018, another pedagogy initiative. Beside her investments in pedagogy, her research interests include multi-ethnic literatures of the 20th century, postcolonial theory, transnational feminism, and affect theory.